Sleeping is the one activity we do the most of in our lives. We spend, on average, a total of 26 years asleep and 7 years trying to get to sleep!
Our beds, mattresses, bedding and pillows play a significant role in helping us achieve a restful night’s slumber or a cheeky 40 winks, but what happens when they reach the end of their life?
The Better Sleep Council strongly recommends that we consider replacing our mattresses after seven years’ use. If yours still has some life left in it, local charities or furniture re-use shops may collect it from you to sell on. Alternatively, you can sell it on Gumtree and other selling sites or give it away on Freegle or Freecycle. Don’t forget to check these places if you’re looking to buy a replacement mattress too.
If it’s given up the ghost, some bed companies will take your old mattress away when they deliver your new one. Some will recycle the mattress and others will dispose of it via landfill or Energy from Waste so make sure to check before booking. You can also arrange directly with a mattress recycling company to collect your mattress and recycle it – there are several to choose from online. As with any company you pay to remove waste or recycling from your house, follow these top tips to check they are licensed waste carriers and not rogue fly tippers.
It’s worth contacting your local council to find out about a bulky waste collection as this may be a cheaper disposal option.
Or, if you have transport, you can take it to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre and dispose of it for free.
Sheets, blankets, duvets, pillows and covers – it’s always best to pass on any clean and usable items to friends and family first, or offer on selling sites.
Charity shops and textile banks are more limited in what they will accept so it’s important to check before you donate. Generally, bulky items such as duvets and pillows are not accepted. Some homeless shelters or animal rescues will take them but, again, it’s important to check first.Duvets can be used as mattress toppers or as a base under sleeping bags, and pillow stuffing can be used in cushions or bean bags. If yours are feather, you can compost the feathers in a compost bin in your garden or give them away for use in arts and crafts. If you’re handy with a needle and thread, these pillow floor mats are great for kids, camping or sitting outdoors!
Whether it’s a divan or a frame, try to sell it on or give it to friends and family first. Charity shops or furniture reuse shops may also be interested. If these options are a no-go, consider using take back schemes when buying your new bed, your local council’s bulky waste collection or disposal at your local recycling centre.
At the end of the day, you can sleep well knowing there are plenty of options to reuse and recycle all things bed related. Sweet dreams!